The provincial leadership here posed a challenge to the police force here to show up and “you’ll have our support”.
Vice Governor Allen Jesse Mangaoang through the Provincial Peace and Order Council(PPOC) directed the Philippine National Police here to submit during the Executive Legislative Agenda (ELA) meeting a shopping list of their needs so that the local government unit (LGU) could find ways and means to provide them.
However, he told the PNP to also reciprocate in terms of good performance saying LGUs were not remiss on their obligation to assist the PNP in law enforcement and therefore expect the police to discharge their duties judiciously.
In the PNP report, all LGUs in the province allocated budgetary support to their respective police district. The biggest came from the provincial government given to the Kalinga Police Provincial Office in terms of vehicle, communication equipments, gasoline and cash allotment.
Governor and PPOC Chairman Jocel Baac, through the approval of the PPOC members directed the PNP to sit down with them in the ELA forum to present their priorities.
During the PPOC meeting, Police Provincial Director Virgilio Laya admitted that the PNP is not capable of being the sole operational arm of the LGUs in the anti-insurgency campaign.
He reported during the PPOC that they are undermanned, lack mobility, equipment, and firearms. His admission prompted the PPOC to continue supporting them.
Baac who is personally making updates on recent murder cases informed the body that slowly the victims are getting justice. Where necessary to expedite the resolution of the cases, he readily offered the PNP support.
On the other hand, Provincial Prosecutor Bartolome Gamonnac reminded the PNP to build strong cases against suspects, submit evidences in order for the prosecution to prosper in court.
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